ON 09-07-2018, THE VINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A REQUEST FOR A WELFARE CHECK AT 705 C AVE IN VINTON IA. THE REPORTING PARTY INDICATED THAT THEY BELIEVED LYLE ARTHUR FOWLER JR, AGE 43, OF 705 C AVE, WAS IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE.

OFFICERS OF THE VINTON POLICE DEPT ARRIVED AT ABOUT 7:53 PM AND ENCOUNTERED FOWLER, WHO WAS ARMED. DURING THIS ENCOUNTER FOWLER WOULD DISCHARGE A FIREARM IN THE DIRECTION OF OFFICERS, WHO THEN RETURNED FIRE.

FOWLER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY THE VINTON POLICE DEPT.

NO ONE WAS INJURED DURING THIS INCIDENT.

LYLE ARTHUR (ARTIE) FOWLER II, AGE 43, OF VINTON IOWA IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE BENTON COUNTY JAIL. BOND HAS BEEN SET IN THE AMOUNT OF $100,000.00

HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH 2 COUNTS OF GOING ARMED WITH INTENT ( CLASS D FELONY ); 2 COUNTS OF ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER USE OR DISPLAY OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON ( CLASS D FELONY ); AND 2 COUNTS OF INTERFERNCE WITH OFFICAL ACTS WITH FIREARM (CLASS D FELONY ).

THE VINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT’S INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND HAS BEEN ASSISTED BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL, THE IOWA DNR, THE IOWA DCI, AND THE BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.

THE BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REMINDS ALL THAT A CRIMINAL CHARGE IS MERELY AN ACCUSATION AND THE DEFENDANT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.